Session 1: Praise God for bringing us here

Note: Ask team members to bring their Bibles to each devotional/reflection session.


Worship

Sing songs of praise together.


Devotional: Thank you, Lord
  • Introduce the devotional by asking the team to recall what Moses, Miriam, Aaron, and all the Israelites did when they made it safely across the Red Sea. (In Genesis 15, they sang a song of praise and thanksgiving to God, recalling all that God had done to guide and deliver them.)
  • What a great model! We need to celebrate God’s faithfulness in bringing us to this place.
  • Ask someone to read Lamentations 3:22-23 and 1 Corinthians 1:9.
  • Lead a brief time of storytelling about how you experienced God’s care and protection on    this journey.

Prayer

Gather in a circle and do “popcorn prayer.” Ask team members to give one-sentence praises to God for bringing you to this place. You don't need to go around the circle; just pray as the Spirit leads.


Reflect and take action

  • Ask the team to observe the new culture, ask why they do things, and listen as they enter    the new culture.
  • Observe in a spirit of openness; suspend judgment.
  • Ask why; be a learner. For example, you might say, “I’d like to learn about your culture.    Please help me understand why you _________________.”
  • Listen. Really, really listen.

Notes on keeping healthy

Be sure to drink lots of non-caffeinated fluids throughout the day. This will help with jet lag and prevent dehydration. Check to make sure that water is boiled, bottled, or treated before drinking.


Prayer

Pray for a spirit of openness as you learn about what God is doing in this place.
Pray that God would use each member of your team to bless someone.
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